Brandon Rivers is a talented singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist who thrives on being different. Being alternative was something instilled at birth for Rivers, and now he has just released a new single, Girlplay. Growing up on 90’s R&B and House mixtapes along with early 00’s Indie, Rivers began making music from a young age, flirting with a multitude of different styles before settling on his own brand of ‘after dark pop’. He spoke with The Fountain about the single.
TF: You’ve a new single out, what has the reception been like so far?
The best for any single I’ve ever released, which has been amazing and very reassuring, especially as this particular style of music is what I’m going for from here.
TF: Can you tell us a bit more about Girlplay, like what inspired the title?
GIRLPLAY was written one night last year in the toilets of a nightclub in Shoreditch called XOYO, I was pursuing a girl who was extremely self-obsessed, she wanted me but her friends didn’t want me to have her, all good fun and games really.
TF: And what touring plans have you at the moment, any festivals?
I’ve just performed some gigs over the summer but not right now.
TF: And what is it about Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton that inspires your work?
I’d like to steer clear of discussing Anne Sexton as there are various aspects of her personal life that disgust me, I was in my late teen’s when I discovered her book Live Or Die. It appealed to my fascination with confessional poetry but as I grew up I discovered more about her and I feel her talent is outweighed by her crimes.
I studied The Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes at College, so naturally I discovered Sylvia Plath through that, I instantly fell in love with her open dialogue and poetic kitchen sink-realism, I guess because I’ve always loved intimacy, that being in literature, music and life.
She’s always been and will continue to be a baseline for me when it comes to writing poetry, which subsequently transforms into music.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
I performed at a pub in my hometown, Lymington, in March, the pub is one of those ‘old man and a dog’ type pubs, very dead and very boring. I littered posters of the show all over town a few nights before the show and we packed it out, the atmosphere was great, and it wasn’t just young people but all ages came down, people were dancing on tables, I’d only released my track Audrey Hepburn the night before but people were screaming it back to me like they’d known it their whole lives, nothing beats that as a songwriter.